Lorna Shore
...And I Return To Nothingness


3.5
great

Review

by theblacklodge USER (14 Reviews)
August 13th, 2021 | 88 replies


Release Date: 08/13/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Big sound, small package

What is left to do in deathcore? Have we heard the most brutal of breakdowns? Have we heard the most disgusting pig squealed vocals? Have we survived the bleakest of outlooks? Have we been treated to the gnarliest of riffs? Lorna Shore have answered with a defiant “no” with …And I Return To Nothingness. They seem to have injected all of the things deathcore should do into this eighteen minute monster. It’s a short trip, but what they did give us is bloated.

The first track, “To the Hellfire” is an epic. It has everything, and it’s all cranked up to the absolute maximum. It has an acoustic opening that lulls us for just under a minute before we hear tortured screams, and then are trampled by blasts. The vocals are all over the place, from blackish shrieks to guttural knuckle-drags. The guitars are backed by symphonic flourishes that heighten their character, and provide depth to the compositions. Sneaky bass drops are littered throughout to boost the aggression, and we are treated to a solo that is expertly written and performed. And while hooks aren’t really a thing in deathcore, there almost seems to be one here as Lorna Shore’s new vocalist, Will Ramos, screams “Swallowed by the womb of death!” The vocals on the final breakdown are amazing. He sounds like a monster. It’s a wonderful deathcore moment.

It’s everything, all at once, as loud and brash as you’ll ever hear. Nothing here is that much different from most other deathcore acts, except Lorna Shore have taken it all and amplified it, and then amplified it again. Maybe these guys have something to prove? Losing their lead vocalist before hitting the road to support their last release, and then the pandemic, they must have been pretty shook. This short release clearly states the band means business, and maybe getting bigger and badder can wash away the lingering bad taste they may be trying to spit out.

This is a short release, and I’m not entirely sure if that fact helps or hurts here. Would 30-40 minutes of this be as enjoyable? I assume if they were able to keep the unbridled brutality throughout, or construct delicious gothic moments to offset the mayhem, it could be done. “Of the Abyss” hints at what would clearly pass for boring, especially if it were accompanied by other songs less memorable as the opener. But the band rallies on the closer and title track of this three song EP. It’s operatic and majestic. The solo is killer, and the production somehow feels open, and strangely dynamic. It’s got this Viking metal vibe, but with Gollum singing, and it’s pretty cool.

Lorna Shore have set themselves apart. The gothic underpinnings are wonderful and expertly done. It is clear they have a firm grasp on exactly what they are trying to create, and have given the listener a damn good example of what they are capable of doing. It’s a hell of a bar to raise for oneself, and Lorna Shore will definitely need to dig deep for what should be an impending full length with a reenergized group.



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Zakusz
August 13th 2021


268 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pos, also the opener really shadows the rest of this release. Have to give a few more listens but with just three tunes even one week one can through off the balance.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2021


17129 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

I love these guys but the songs didn't grab me like some of the previous release. I'll give it another spin tomorrow.

Confessed2005
August 13th 2021


5339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love pretty much everything I've heard by them so far so will definitely need to check this somewhen soon.

JayEnder
August 13th 2021


12401 Comments


That album art is so sick.

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YuriZakhaev
August 13th 2021


728 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ramos is super good on here, hope they keep him around for a while

Tundra
August 13th 2021


6853 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

To the Hellfire is still nutty but the rest doesn't really hold up, some cool stuff in the second song, but the last one was super repetitive and didn't dig it all too much

peartnoy
August 13th 2021


1677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I really like the last track. I appreciate the (relative) restraint it shows on the brutal side of things. Really catchy melodies throughout. Also of course To the Hellfire is a monster of a track. Of the Abyss is kinda like an awkward hybrid between the 2 other tracks. The breakdown feels soooooo forced.

Durrzo
August 14th 2021


2554 Comments


Enjoying this quite a bit. Will is a wild vocalist, I'll be excited to hear their next full release with him.

henryChinaski
August 14th 2021


4488 Comments


"That album art is so sick."

^this!

zaruyache
August 14th 2021


24875 Comments


getting lewandoski art is cheating, doesn't count

botman
August 14th 2021


5 Comments


the black bar on the left giving off an old school demo vibe

Get Low
August 14th 2021


11791 Comments


Was gonna skip this but it's only three songs so what the hell

MewCore
August 14th 2021


31 Comments


Sounds like deathcore's take on Dimmu Borgir/Cradle of Filth. Never heard of those guys before but they are trying too hard. It's over produced and compressed to death. Drums and synths are drowning everything else and vocals sound comical with all the effects that are trying to make every syllable more demonic than the last. I get they are trying to do something else but it's not working for me. It's like watching a Transformer movie. This reminded me of Lykathea Aflame's Elvenefris, but without the creative vibe and good production.

nash1311
August 14th 2021


3694 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dug this a lot and I appreciate shorter releases in this genre

Nikkolae
August 14th 2021


6024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this sounds nothing like lykathea aflame wtf

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MetalMarcJK
August 14th 2021


492 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Lewandowski’s paintings are fantastic.

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Get Low
August 14th 2021


11791 Comments


"Dug this a lot and I appreciate shorter releases in this genre" [2]

mrdogthrow
August 14th 2021


1874 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

will ramos is an absolute monster

cvlts
August 15th 2021


9765 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Nothing here is that much different from most other deathcore acts, except Lorna Shore have taken it all and amplified it, and then amplified it again."



This about sums up my thoughts perfectly on this. Fun little release going ridiculously over-the-top, there's absolutely no way this would've translated well to a full length. And I have doubts they can continue this going forward but we'll see.



Very well-written and concise review. Deserving of the feature.

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blubbo
August 15th 2021


25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Amazing ep, the boar noises at the ending of hellfire, the keyboards all throughout the title track, and the general symphonic elements are highlights imo



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